About Yoga and Meditation
I’m a yoga beginner. Is Vagabond Temple suitable for me?
Yes, we are a great place for yoga beginners! At our centre you will gain spiritual knowledge and receive full instruction to start your practice. We give personal attention to every student in the class with an emphasis on correct practice. You will also have the opportunity to meet with the teachers for a one-on-one talk to ask questions, share difficulties and receive personal guidance. Our schedule consists of many spiritual activities besides yoga that aim to cultivate awareness and balance in our daily lives. Read more about our teaching.
I’m an advanced yoga practitioner/yoga teacher. Is the Vagabond Temple suitable for me?
Yes, Yoga is a spiritual path which is infinite. Therefore everyone can learn more and deepen their practice. Our teachers are all experienced professionals, who have the knowledge to lead you one step further on your path by fine-tuning your sadhana (spiritual practice) as well as teaching advanced yoga techniques.
Do I need to bring my own mat?
No, our yoga hall is equipped with everything you need for the classes. Although you may do so if you desire. It is also possible to purchase a yoga mat at the retreat shop.
Are there any suggested reading materials before coming to the retreat?
Yes. Please find a selection of our suggested reading material below (most of them are available online). Of course you are encouraged to seek spiritual books that appeal to you.
The Search – (Osho)
The Power of Now – (Eckhart Tolle)
Mindfulness in Plain English – (Ven. Hnepola Gunaratana)
Who am I? – (Rammana Maharishi)
The Wise Heart – (Jack Kornfield)
The Way of Zen – (Alan Watts)
Tree of Yoga –(B.K.S Iyengar)
Light on Yoga – (B.K.S Iyengar)
The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali – (Georg Feuerstein)
The Bhagavad-Gita – (Stephen Mitchell)
Essential Reiki – (Diane Stein)
Quantum Healing – (Deepak Chopra)
Ayurveda and the Mind – (David Frawley)
The Hygienic System – (Herbert M. Shelton)
What style of yoga do you teach?
We mainly teach:
Traditional Hatha Yoga: yoga based on Iyengar with emphasis on alignment and breathing.
Kundalini Yoga: energetic yoga that involves movement, fast breathing and mantra chanting.
Yin Yoga: slow-paced style of yoga with poses that are held for longer periods of time.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga: fast-paced and dynamic style of yoga that synchronizes the breath with a continuous flow of postures.
Detox and Healing
Is there any eating on the detox program?
On the detox program we will consume only coconut water, juice, raw food and water according to the needs of the person fasting. A consultation meeting will take place before the detox begins, where a personalized detox fasting program will be determined.
What type of detoxification products do you use?
We do not use any detoxification products as we follow the natural hygiene method, which understands the healing process as completely natural and free from any artificial disturbance. Therefore while undergoing our detoxification program we will consume only coconut water, juice, raw food and water according to the faster’s needs.
Accommodation and Facilities
What are the rooms like?
All bungalows and dorms are equipped with comfortable beds, electrical outlets, fans and mosquito netting or insect screens. We have a selection of bungalows which have an attached bathroom with a hot shower. For more information see ‘Accommodation’.
Do you have wifi or Internet access?
Wifi is available in the Prana Lounge and can be accessed during break times.
Can I stay somewhere other than Vagabond Temple and still participate in your program?
We ask our guests to stay at our centre. To get the full benefit of our program, you should be present in the supportive community environment of Vagabond Temple for the duration of your experience.
Booking and Payment
Do I need to pay a deposit to secure my booking?
Yes. We require a $100 non-refundable online deposit in order to secure your booking. Other programs and special retreats may require a larger deposit in order to secure your booking.
What is the payment policy?
We ask you to pay your bill in cash upon arrival. **Please note it is a 20-30 minute walk to the ATM / cash machines from the centre, so we do advise you to prepare your cash before arriving into Kep Town. Unfortunately we do not accept credit cards or bankcards. If you decide to shorten your stay, we provide 50% refund of your remaining days, excluding the deposit.
For more information see Pricing.
What is the minimum stay at Vagabond Temple?
We require all guests to stay a minimum of five nights, as we have found this is the minimum amount required for guests to fully immerse and garner benefit from the program.
Can I extend my stay?
Yes, if you decide that you would like to extend your stay while at the centre this is possible availability dependent.
Getting to Cambodia and to the Vagabond Temple
How do I get to Kep?
Please see our Kep page for information on how to get to here.
What do I need to consider before coming to Cambodia?
If you have a health problem, please ensure that you have discussed it with your doctor and they are aware that you are travelling overseas. Before leaving your home country we advise you to make a hard and soft copy of your personal documents, including passport, health & travel insurance and emergency contact details. Keep a copy with you and email one to yourself for safe keeping.
What do I need to consider before coming to Vagabond Temple?
We ask you to read carefully the Retreat Guidelines.
What should I bring with me to Vagabond Temple?
We advise you to bring mosquito repellent, a re-usable water bottle, swimsuit and towel for the beach and in the rainy season, an umbrella or a raincoat.
Do I need a visa to visit Cambodia? How long does a visa last?
- One option is to get a tourist visa on arrival. This is available either at the airport or at the border crossing. It costs $30 and you will need two passport photos.
- Another option is a Cambodian tourist visa online (e-visa). All you need to do is complete the online application form and pay with your credit card. After receiving your visa by email, print it out and bring it with you when you travel to Cambodia (an online e-visa costs $37). You can apply for this visa via this link: https://www.evisa.gov.kh
- Tourist visas are valid for 30 days however they can be extended (one time only) for another 30 days at any travel agency in Kep. We can arrange this for you, a month extension will cost about $55.
- If you wish to stay for more than 60 days in Cambodia, you should ask for an ordinary / business visa. It can be applied for at the airport on arrival. This type of visa is valid for 30 days and can be extended for 3 months, 6 months or for one year once in the country. It costs $35.